As CAWA members you are all entitled to a $15 rebate on your entry fee.
All you have to do to claim these monies is send your electronic receipt and bank details to our treasurer Kate at email@example.com.
Hello CAWA folk. With climbing entering the Olypmics in 2020 Tokyo the competition scene in Perth is Taking off. There is stoke everywhere to pull hard on plastic and scream like Ondra.
The oportunity arrises at City Summit on Saturday, 14 October 2017 and Sunday, 15 October 2017. They will be hosting the Skyfall Lead Climbing Compeition (This is in bold because I am excited and shouting).
According to the organisers the competition will be the first IFSC World Cup format Lead Climbing Competition to be held in Perth.
This event is a Sport Climbing WA event and membership for the event is required.
CAWA supports the development of sport climbing in WA and encourages members to sign up. This is a great opportunity for members.
With that in mind any CAWA members who sign up will receive a subsidy of $15.00 towards their entry fee and in addition CAWA will fund selected junior members who enter the competition.
Friday, 22nd Sep to Monday, 25th Sep 2017 (Queens Birthday Long Weekend)
God Save the Queen it’s time to go climbing at Mt Frankland.
Good news CAWA is subsidising the camping fee on this trip.
Please be aware that the weather is the deciding factor on this trip and if it is still raining (down south) shortly before the trip then the rock will be unclimbable and the trip will be cancelled. The final decision will be made on Wednesday, 20th Sep. Until then think positive and make your daily sacrifice to the rain gods.
Mt Frankland is located in the Mt Frankland National Park and is about 30km north of Walpole. It’s quite a drive from Perth, probably 5 hours give or take, but in my opinion it’s well worth it.
The climbing is mainly bolted slab, with many routes up to 3 pitches long. So it is good if you are looking to gain some multi-pitch experience. The routes tend to be run-out, so people need to be fairly confident leading at the stated grade. Generally on CAWA trips there will be enough people around to lead the routes so that everyone can have a go. Most of the routes are bolted, but some require a mix of bolted and natural protection. Bolt plates will be required.
There is a variety of grades starting from about 15 and up. So there is something for everyone.
The camping area is called Fernhook Falls and it is a well set up campground (this means tents) with drop toilets, a nice undercover kitchen area and a lovely river nearby for smelly climbers to brave at the end of the day (there are no shower facilities). It does get cold overnight, so pack warm. On past trips the march flies have been out in force, so some good, strong insect repellent is also recommended in case we are unlucky again this year.
There is no pre-booking, so it’s a first come first served situation. We do not expect it to be full.
If you need directions please send Dirk an e-mail.
You do need to bring your own food and drinking water for this trip but you can leave the shovel behind (there is a tap in the kitchen that feeds from a rainwater tank for cooking/washing dishes). Walpole is not that far away (about 35km) if you do need supplies and there is other more salubrious accommodation around. There are minimal camping fees ($7 per night per person/$5 concession). The rangers come around and check.
Please note that CAWA trips are a benefit for members. Non-members who are interested in coming with you can join online now (easiest) or on the first day of the trip.
All participants need to be ‘independent participants’. This means you are responsible for your own safety. Due to legal and liability issues, CAWA does not provide training. If you are an inexperienced climber then have a chat to some of the more experienced people you know and see if they are planning to attend. However, Mt Frankland is a good beginner’s crag. If you are a beginner, it might pay to read CAWA Trips for some further information.
The next CAWA Gym Crash will be held at PWR Urban Ascent, 25 Jackson St Bassendean WA 6054.
Starts around 6:00 pm on 14th September– Thursday Night .Special CAWA member entry cost is $9.
Once again, CAWA will supply pizza to all current members, as well as give away some great prizes!
The CAWA guide book ($20) and T-shirts ($25) will be available for purchase on the night. Members can also get a combo of the guide and T-shirt for the discounted rate of $30. It would be appreciated if you had the exact amount.
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
It’s time to grab your winter woollies and pack up your car for a trip to the Wheatbelt to Eaglestone Rock. A 3.5 hour drive from Perth will take you to bulletproof granite with good face climbing and edge. With over 30 bolted, trad and mixed routes there is something for everyone. Abseil stations are positioned on top of the major boulders. There are a number of fantastic routes including **Wishbone (17), **Capachow (19), * Pink Rings (18) ** and Ithica (22). So be sure to check out your Perth Rock Climbing Guide for route and access information.
Camping at Eaglestone is super easy, with the campground only a stone’s throw away from the crag. There is the luxury of a drop toilet, so no need to pack a shovel. However, there are no other facilitates or water so you will need to be completely self-sufficient. A guide of what to bring:
Cooking & camping gear, including plenty of water
Firewood – there isn’t any to be collected from the ground, so we ask each car to bring firewood (it will be very cold at night, a camp fire will make the weekend infinitely warmer!)
Warm clothing for night
You don’t need a 4WD but there is a short section of dirt road, followed by a section of good sand track easily accessible by 2WD. Most people will be travelling there Friday evening or Saturday morning.
The 2017 CAWA trip to Kalbarri was held over the WA Day long weekend in June. Remi, Elizabeth, Mark, Debbie and Anna set off in convoy on Friday morning from Perth, stopping at Jurien Bay for lunch where we met Benjamin, who was about to have his first climbing experience at one of the best climbing destinations in Western Australia. This group, plus Andrew, the keen boulderer from Geraldton, arrived at Murchison House Station in the evening and set up camp next to the river. Andrew won our hearts by promptly and efficiently making a fire and we settled down to drink, eat and toast marshmallows, all the while accompanied by a splish-splosh soundtrack of fish mysteriously jumping about in the river below.
By Saturday morning we had been joined by Kate, Bruno, Jorge, Squeak, Craig and Antony. We set off for the Z-Bend and hiked into the gorge, complete with two bouldering mats, the largest of which was imposed on newcomer Benjamin in something resembling a bizarre initiation rite. Luckily, he had come equipped with fully two litres of milk to help him endure this ordeal. For some of us the day was spent at the Adventure Wall where top ropes were set up on “6-9=3” and “Peanut Butter and Jam” for some of the less experienced climbers to have a dangle around. Remi led “Hmmm…” and gallantly belayed at least three people up after him. Meanwhile Mark and Elizabeth played around on “Rattler”, with varying degrees of success. The youngest member of the party, Anna, fell, fully dressed, into the river.
The evening was spent around the campfire, cooking damper and discussing the pitfalls and tribulations of a certain online dating service. Poor Antony, who had spent the day lying comatose on the gorge floor, returned from the Kalbarri hospital with a diagnosis of bowel infection and some pharmaceuticals. Benjamin had left us to embark on a sadly fruitless fishing expedition.
Day Two of climbing saw us turn right at the bottom of the descent gully into the gorge and make our way to the Phantom Wall. Remi set up some top rope anchors on some of his ridiculously sandbagged routes in order to make everyone feel dejected while Mark led “Wombat Amnesia”, followed by Andrew, who made some very strange noises and left a creditable amount of blood on the wall but arrived at the top convinced, we think, of the merits of climbing rocks that are bigger than boulders. While Remi put on his mountain guide cap once again and belayed Craig, Debbie and Squeak up “Wombat Amnesia”, Elizabeth exhausted herself on Scoops of Fruits (20) and decided that she definitely didn’t want to lead it, followed by Kate and Mark who were of the same mind. We watched Bruno and Jorge struggling to place gear on “Flipping Berries” (allegedly 18) as they loudly cursed the man who had established the line.
Next on the agenda was a quick skinny-dip in the nearby swimming hole before hiking out of the gorge towards dinner and beer. That evening was spent being entertained by the hitherto unrevealed talents of Bruno, who, it turns out, has a certain amount of skill in the art of animal imitation. Urged on by the exhortations of the expedition’s 8-year-old, he gave us impressions of almost every imaginable beast, from butterfly to numbat to onion mite.
On Monday morning we broke up camp and set off south towards Perth via Geraldton, where most of the crew reconvened one last time for burgers. On the journey home, outgoing CAWA president Mark and family took their last opportunity to visit the Pinnacles before leaving WA, and Elizabeth and Remi tagged along.
The predominant revelation of the weekend was that Remi, our trip organiser, has missed his vocation as a climbing guide. His enthusiasm for, and knowledge of climbing in Kalbarri is possibly unparalleled and his patience and planning helped made the weekend enjoyable for everyone.
Reminder that when you renew your membership you can also make a donation to the new CAWA Bolting Fund or for a limited time you can buy a Perth guidebook and t-shirt combo for $30.00.
By way of other news, the new committee (voted in at the AGM on 21 June 2017) had it’s first meeting on 28 June 2017 and the CAWA events calendar for the next financial year will be posted on-line shortly including a number of climbing trips, gym crashes, film nights, outdoor training and trip to Mount Arapiles.
Reminder there is the CAWA Film Night 2.0 is on 6 July 2017 at Rosie O’Gray’s at 205 James Street, Northbridge. Get there early as seating is limited!
For life members and for those of you who plan ahead and already hold memberships for the 2017/2018 year you can ignore this post.
It usually takes a week or two to process memberships and get cards posted, so if you need your membership before your card arrives, simply print off the tax receipt you receive from RegisterNow.
All current members other than the most recently joined will have received their AGM invitation and proxy form by post.
New members will receive these by e-mail once it is too close for snail mail.
We are very pleased to have Malcolm Matheson as our keynote speaker. Malcolm aka “HB” is one of the legends of Australian climbing, not only with an impressive tick list and first ascents but also the style in which a lot of these were completed in. Malcolm’s FA of Serpentine (31), the hardest route by an Australian at the time (1988), was done in his typical ground up style. It is rarely repeated without pre-inspection and pre-placed gear at the crux. His FA in 1993 of Welcome To Barbados (29), a 50m trad roof in the Grampians which has the climber upside down for most of the route, was done ground up on his second attempt. Malcolm is also noted to have made his own gear, such as the micro cams in the 1980’s when manufacturers said smaller sizes were not possible. Malcolm is the epitome of strength, style and ethics in Australian climbing and his presentation is not to be missed.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are not able to attend, please e-mail the completed proxy form (2017AGMProxyForm.doc) to us at firstname.lastname@example.orgASAP. Without quorum, we cannot conduct AGM business. Proxies must be received no later than 5:00 pm Tuesday, 20 June 2017. Each member can only hold 5 proxies, please ensure that the person you nominate is definitely coming to the meeting.
Please do not send back incomplete forms as they are not valid unless fully completed and signed by the member.
The AGM schedule is jam packed, so we need everyone registering at 6:00 pm for a 6:30 pm sharp start.
Venue: State Library Theatre, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge
The agenda will include:
Confirmation of the Minutes for the last preceding Annual General Meeting
Annual reports: president and treasurer
Election of new management committee
Appoint a person to audit the accounts of the association
Malcolm Matheson’s Presentation
Discussion on Constitution Reform (see attached draft rules and explanatory note)
The Perth Rock Climbing Guide ($25), Climb Tasmania ($45, limited copies) and CAWA T-shirts ($25) will be available. Please bring exact change.
Please note that the AGM is strictly a member only event.
Memberships Notice: Existing members and new members can now obtain memberships for the 2017/2018 year. If you are not a current member you can still obtain a CAWA membership that will include the remainder of the current financial year and the next financial year.